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How do these different poets explore what their background and culture means to them?

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How do these different poets explore what their background and culture means to them? I will be looking at what the subject of each poem is, the ideas, attitudes and values, the layout structure and form, language and any other techniques or points of interest that I may wish to comment upon. I will also help to establish what background and culture means to the poets. In the poem "Search for your tongue", the chiefly is about a teenage girl who is from a foreign country. The girl is finding it hard to live with two languages at once. In "unrelated incidences", the poem chiefly is about making fun of/making a joke of the way that the English language is spoken. ...read more.

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At the beginning of the poem, the poet's voice is very defensive. About half-way through the poem, the poet's voice starts speaking in Gujarati, this language is part of her life and she is confused by it. In the poem "unrelated incidents", the poet is rebelling against the English language. The tone of "unrelated incidents" in very loose and easy. Tom Leonard believes that ideas, attitudes and values are linked. He manages to create this tone by not speaking 'proper' English. The tone of "presents from my aunts in Pakistan" is very calm all the way through. There is a constant, third person voice throughout "unrelated incidents". It sounds like a person talking about a news reader. In "search for your tongue" the voice is also third person but it sounds like the poet is talking to the reader directly. ...read more.

Conclusion

There is no punctuation in "unrelated incidents" and most of the words are spelt wrong. There is punctuation and good spelling in both "presents from my aunt in Pakistan" and "search for my tongue" In "unrelated incidents", Tom Leonard uses the word "scruff", which is quite a strong word and has a strong effect on the reader. Leonard ends the poem with the words "belt up"; this is a very strong statement to end on. In "unrelated incidents" the reader gets the impression that the character in the poem thinks that people judge you by the way you speak and that he doesn't want to talk about the truth with a strong accent because he doesn't think the audience will believe him. I personally find that the poem that is most effective is "unrelated incidents" because it makes the strongest impression on the reader. ...read more.

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